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 John Thomas Brough

John Thomas Brough

Birth
Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent Unitary Authority, Staffordshire, England
Death 14 Jan 1895 (aged 29)
Bignall End, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough, Staffordshire, England
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Body never recovered from mining disaster
Memorial ID 135039029 · View Source
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The birth and christening of "John Thomas Brough" is listed in the parish register of St. Peter, Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, which states that he was born on 30 October 1865 and christened on 15 November 1865 as the son of "James and Sarah Ann Brough" of "Boothen" and that James Brough was a "Blacksmith". Also, the birth of "John Thomas Brough" is listed in the online FreeBMD and Staffordshire BMD, which combined states that his birth was registered in October-December 1865 in Stoke subdistrict, Stoke upon Trent district, Staffordshire, and that his mother's surname was "Williams".

In the 1871 Census, "John Brough" is listed as being 6 years old (born about 1865), born in Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, and residing with his parents, James and Sarah Ann Brough, and five siblings, at: Briery Brook, Audley, Staffordshire.

In the 1881 Census, "John Brough" is listed as being 15 years old (born about 1866), born in Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, working as a "Coal Miner", and residing with his parents, James and Sarah Brough, and five siblings, at: Briery Brook, Audley, Staffordshire.

The 1884 marriage of "John Brough" and "Mary Ann Proctor" is listed in the online FreeBMD and Staffordshire BMD, which combined states that their "Civil Marriage" was registered in July-September 1884 in Newcastle Under Lyme district, Staffordshire.

In the 1891 Census, "John Brough" is listed as being 26 years old (born about 1865), born in Audley, Staffordshire, married and working as a "Coal Miner", and residing with his wife, Mary Proctor (age 26), and their four children (Sarah A. Brough--age 6; Ruth Brough--age 4; Emily Brough--age 3; and Elizabeth Brough--age 1), in the home of his widowed father-in-law, Enock Proctor (age 67), at: Ravens Lane, Audley, Staffordshire.

"John Brough" is listed in "The Diglake Colliery Disaster" booklet (mentioned to the BFO by Philip Brough in August 2014) as having been one of the men who were killed in the Diglake pit coal mine disaster of 14 January 1895. His entry in the booklet reads: "John Brough, age 30, Collier, Working on the East 7 Ft Seam, Living at Ravens Lane."
Note: The Diglake underground coal mine disaster happened when "water from an old pit, augmented from inclement weather, spewed into the lower regions of the mine, carrying and drowning everything in its path." Most of the bodies of the men and boys who drowned in the disaster were never recovered. Extensive online information about "The Diglake Colliery Disaster" can be found on the website "What The Coal Has Cost: An Exploration of the 1895 Diglake Colliery Disaster": http://www.warrinerprimaries.com/Topic/names.htm.

"John Brough" is listed in the website, "What The Coal Has Cost: An Exploration of the 1895 Diglake Colliery Disaster" (http://www.warrinerprimaries.com/Topic/diglakenamesad.htm#jbrough), which states the following about "John Brough" and his family:
John Brough, died aged 38/30, of Ravens Lane.
John was a collier working on the East 7-foot seam when he died.
John [Brough] married Mary Ann Procter in 1884 (civil marriage). Mary Ann was born in 1864, and she remarried on 8th October 1899. John and Mary Ann had 6 children: Sarah Ann (2nd March 1885), Ruth (1.5.1886), Emily (27/12/1887), Elizabeth (17/1/1890), Frank (14/8/1892) and John (11/4/1895).
John Brough was a chorister and Sunday school teacher at the Weslayan Chapel Audley. He was also a member of the local Ancient Order of Foresters, as were 29 of the other men who died and 7 of the boys. John worked hard to support the Foresters and through his musical abilities he attracted great gatherings at the various public meetings connected with the local Foresters. The Order sent £3 3s to his widow upon hearing of his death.

"J. Brough" is listed on the gravesite memorial "To Commemorate the Diglake Colliery Disaster" which is located in the Methodist Chapel graveyard in Bignall End (near Audley), Staffordshire. In August 2014, Philip and Bebe Brough of Staffordshire visited the churchyard of Bignall End and photographed this stone memorial. Also, an earlier picture of this memorial is available online at: http://sherrattfamily.com/church/audchapel/diglake.htm. Note: "J. Brough" is inscribed on the gravesite memorial as being "38" years old when he died, when in fact he was 29 years old when he died.


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  • Created by: R. Clayton Brough
  • Added: 29 Aug 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 135039029
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Thomas Brough (30 Oct 1865–14 Jan 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 135039029, ; Maintained by R. Clayton Brough (contributor 47699379) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Body never recovered from mining disaster.